Is Local Agriculture Good for the Environment? Find out Friday Night.

Grazin' Angus Acres, one of many local farms; the subject of Friday's discussion.

On Friday night at 6:30 — early enough that you could still make that dance party/secret supper club later on — join our editor-in-chief Gabrielle Langholtz at the Museum of the City of New York as she heads a panel on a topic dear to our hearts: local agriculture.

Thanks to a group of speakers who hold many points of view on the subject, including James E. McWilliams, the author of Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly, expect the discussion to range far (pun included, as per the photo above) from many typical sustainable agriculture events, where most folks see buying local as 100 percent positive.

You can get tickets for the event here, and a description of the night follows:

“The locavore revolution has chefs and home cooks alike embracing ingredients from nearby farms in the name of ecology. But the realities of New York weather means months of snow-covered fields; this time of year even farm-to-table restaurateurs can tire of apples and rutabagas. And now some scientists are defending large-scale agriculture, saying its efficiencies outweigh its transportation costs. Who’s right, and what food system should we work towards? Panelists include Peter Hoffman, chef and owner of Savoy; Gabrielle Langholtz, editor, Edible ManhattanJames E. McWilliams, author of Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly (Little, Brown, 2009); David Owen, author of Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability (Riverhead, 2009); and Jennifer Small, owner and farmer from Flying Pigs Farm evaluate the environmental and social costs and benefits of the city’s food infrastructure. Presented in conjunction with Moveable Feast: Fresh Produce and the NYC Green Cart Program.”

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Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.